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Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)

Mesir wat is a hearty and comforting Ethiopian red lentil stew. It is flavored with homemade Berbere spice blend. Serve with Injera for a delicious meal.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: ethiopian
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 1" Ginger piece, finely grated
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 Green Chilies, slit
  • 2 cups Water or Vegetable Stock
  • ½ cup Tomato puree
  • 1 ~ 2 tablespoon Berbere Spice blend
  • ½ cup Red lentils/ Masoor dal, rinsed and drained
  • To taste Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon juice


To Cook in Instant Pot:

  • Heat Instant Pot on 'Saute' mode. Add oil, onions, ginger, garlic and green chilies, cook till onions are translucent, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water*, tomato puree, Berbere spice, lentils and salt. Mix well. Turn off the Saute mode and turn the IP on manual/ pressure cook mode.
  • Cook for 6 minutes with the venting knob in sealing position. Wait for the pressure to reduce naturally.
  • Open the lid and mix well to combine. If the mixture looks too thick, add ¼~½ of water and simmer till heated through. Stir in lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot!!

To Cook on Stove Top:

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add onions, ginger, garlic and green chilies, cook till onions are translucent, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water, tomato puree, Berbere spice, lentils and salt, bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer covered until lentils are cooked through, tender and creamy, this will take about 15~20 minutes.
  • Season with salt and lemon juice. Mix well and serve hot over injera or as is.


  • To added extra flavor, use low-sodium vegetable stock instead of water.
  • Depending on the spiciness of the berbere spice blend used, you can use more green chilies to make the stew spicy.
  • Stir in lemon juice before serving for a delicious finish.
  • Leftovers taste great the next day. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Warm before serving.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 291IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg
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